Off the Couch

  I've coveted a lot this summer:  a smaller pair of jeans, a stronger body, a more active lifestyle, and that really cool running tank to wear for my first 5K in three years. I checked most of the things off my wish list by getting fit enough to finish the afore-mentioned 5K.  However, while getting able to complete those 3.1 miles did indeed let me squeeze into a smaller jean size and a...

The Ministry of Organization

This may come as a shock, coming from someone who blogs (I don't brag about it either) about being a bad housekeeper (blogs - not brags), but I am not naturally organized.  Staying organized always seemed like a juggling act that required advanced skills.  I pick my battles, but the need to organize my day is forcing me to pick a new fight with my life. There are certain balls I can always...

The Thin Grey Line

Using the word silver to describe the thin line extending from my crown is probably more symbolic of, as Monty Python would say, my struggle against reality than my descriptive powers.   It's really more of a shiny grey.  And, while it has been mostly solitary for the last few years, it manages to drive me to distraction. It won't be plucked - I've tried.  It doesn't break off with the mass...

Two Makes Chrysalis

Lately, the company I work for has had the lucky misfortune of having too much business.  For the Tech Support staff, this has meant confining ourselves to our computers almost from dawn till dusk.  Our computers are all at our homes, but the long days, coupled with winter weather and roads have helped spin a thick cocoon around our earth-sheltered house.  I am not naturally extroverted, so...

The Witching Hour

Sometimes, after wrapping up the end of a day doing tech support while refereeing Thing1 and Thing2 as they try to avoid homework and chores by revving up for World War III, I take off.  It's only a short escape, and in the summer, it's still light, and I'll drive along the Battenkill River, absorbing the sights and smells of Vermont as the pinkish-gold light of evening makes everything...